"In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awake your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you."
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
By: John O’Donohue
This piece of literature was given to me by a coworker and friend right around the time I decided to change my life - whatever that even meant. Many of you have asked about the blog, where it went, what I’m doing, etc. and you probably got a long-winded gibberish answer because in short, I didn’t know lol, and that’s okay! I had no set plan, no real direction, just ideas and an overwhelming longing for change. I needed something new, something different and I was ready to take the leap to figure out what exactly that was. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still trying to figure it out as I write this to you - but I am so much closer than I was before. Quitting my job, selling my house and leaving Atlanta was one of the scariest things I’ve done in a long time, maybe ever. I gave up everything I worked so hard for over so many years after all of the blood, sweat and tears (literally)! I gave up my safety net, my bubble and took A GIANT LEAP OF FAITH...into a big giant pile of confusion and emotion (plot twist). I can’t lie...I ran full speed ahead off of the cliff but it was a slow-motion free fall into the pile with a few amazing trips that softened the landing.
This transition has been extremely challenging but it’s also been very rewarding. I’ve had the rare opportunity to stop and just...be. That’s it. Just be. Just “being” sounds boring, right? It’s not. For someone like me, it’s actually pretty damn hard. I have no problem relaxing after a hard day, or taking a fun vacation, but being completely still? No distractions, nothing. That’s hard! No plan? Crazy for me. Taking one day at a time I learned to reconnect with myself, my mind, and so many thoughts I’d pushed away because I was “too busy”. Each day got a little easier with prayer, meditation and the love and support of family and friends. I’m not sure I would’ve been able to do any of this without them listening to me for hours on end and continuing to encourage me. I’ve had time to reconnect with loved ones in ways I haven’t in years and to me, it was all worth it just for that. Time is so precious. As time passes, it’s so important to me to strengthen the connection with not only loved ones but also myself. For me, I’ve learned this means prioritizing myself, family and time to see the world.
Human-connection. Self-care. Balance.™
I wish these things for you and hope 726SQFT can provide you the encouragement, tools and inspiration to help you get there.
Welcome to my new beginning.